University of South Carolina students will no longer be allowed to drink hard liquor at fraternity tailgate lots before Gamecock football games.
USC’s Interfraternity Council, the governing body that regulates fraternities at the university, agreed to ban all alcoholic drinks with more than 15 percent alcohol at private fraternity tailgate lots, according to a letter obtained by The State.
“With increasing concerns from law enforcement, the University of South Carolina, and fraternity lot administration, the chapter presidents of the Interfraternity Council have unanimously voted to ban liquor at social events that do not utilize a third-party vendor,” according to an unsigned letter from the university’s Interfraternity Council.
Fraternities caught violating the ban will receive a $30 fine per member and a one-week suspension from the tailgate lot. The rule also says each fraternity must have at least 640 bottles of water, according to the letter.
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“These new policies will be enforced by IFC, Fraternity Lot Administration, and Security,” the letter said. “Compliance checks will occur prior to the lot opening to the public, and again at random times throughout the day when the lot reaches its expected capacity.”
The new rule goes into effect immediately, USC spokesman Jeff Stensland said in an email.
“This a positive development that demonstrates students have recognized a problem and are willing to take concrete steps to address it,” Stensland said. “The (Interfraternity Council) should be applauded for their leadership and working to ensure student safety at their events. It should also be noted that USC sororities also took steps to curb alcohol at social functions in 2016.”